At the centre of the Kgetsi Ya Tsie exhibition at Thapong Visual Arts Centre are two commanding life-sized sculptures of a black man and woman. The sculptures are made of polished wood and were crafted by Barnabas Ndzuzo.
Pressure seems to be mounting within the pop star competition and its not getting any easier. The competition has proved to be popular amongst Batswana, especially the youth, who half-filled the BTV auditorium on Friday night.
As national Biosafety coordinator in Botswana, Dr Mmasera Manthe-Tsuaneng told a stakeholders’ workshop on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in 2004 that although genetic engineering promised remarkable advances in many areas, “the impact on the environment and on human health were major outstanding issues.” Today, three years on, the debate about GMOs in our food still rages across the wor
Youth development structures are the most important aspects of football and without them there would not be a future. Almost all countries or clubs that have won major trophies have firm youth development structures because that is where players are groomed and polished before graduating to the senior teams.
Botswana’s top striker, Diphetogo Selolwane’s next destination still remains a mystery. After being linked to the trio of Sundowns, Pirates and Chiefs, he is now linked to one of the teams that is set to take South Africa by storm this coming season.
When companies sponsor teams, they mainly look for nothing but mileage. This means that those teams with many supporters stand to benefit a lot from sponsors. For instance, for the past years, many people have come on board to support the national team, the Zebras, and it did not take long for cellular giants, Orange, to step forward and sponsor the team.
One of Maitisong’s new director, Gao Lemmenyane’s initiatives when he took over from David Slater, who managed the arts space for 20 years, was to set up a comedy club that would hone aspirant stand-up comedians, and, in turn, diversify the roster of evening entertainment staged at the Maitisong.
Understanding democracy as a system that affords the people an opportunity to choose their leaders directly, we have to accept that ours is, at best, only an approximation of a real democracy. This is primarily because the occupant of the highest office in the land (the President) wields almost absolute power and yet the people have no say in who must occupy this office.
One searches in vain to see anything that resembles Botswana’s automatic succession arrangement in the western democracies, including in the countries that we like to mimic.
The differences become more profound when put beside the fact that in Botswana a president is not a product of a popular election.
Conventional political thinking amongst proponents of a multi-party framework is that the system accommodates and promotes the expression of divergent political interests, especially on an ideological basis.